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  1. The irony of my life – have lived in India for 28 years and never visited the Taj Mahal! While some of your tips are more catered to non-Indian travelers, they are useful nonetheless (for example, I wouldn’t know how much to pay a guide!). One of the other things that I definitely wish to do whenever we make it to the Taj Mahal is take a boat ride by sunset 😊 did you get a chance to do that?

  2. megan_claire

    So glad to hear that you fell in love with the Taj ! It’s one of those attractions which I would definitely visit, out of respect for the fact that it’s a wonder of the world, but would be skeptical of whether the mass tourism nowadays would ruin the experience. But your photos don’t make it look like there’s too many people around, and sounds like an incredible day!

    Thanks for the tip on accepting a guide – I think it’s oen of those sites where you would benefit from having someone who can tell you the history as you go around. And obviously as you said, photo opportunities too! Thanks for the post!

  3. Michelle Weigold

    I have been contemplating going to India for a while now, and the Taj is one of the main things drawing my eye there. However, I worried it would be one of those over-rated touristy places that aren’t actually worth visiting beyond getting the iconic photo. Interesting too that you mentioned it is a good idea to get a guide- I typically shun all of the prospective guides at places upon entering assuming they are all scam artists, but it’s nice to see that sometimes it’s a good idea! Those photos of you and your friend are probably hilarious for you to have! Great information, and thanks for the post! (PS, I recently did an AncestryDNA test, and out of nowhere I am 1% Indian/AsiaSouth, so I gotta get in touch with my roots you know?!) 😀

    • I’m glad you find the post useful. When I visited Taj, I didn’t expect it to be so beautiful. Really took my breath away. The best time is to visit in the morning to avoid the crowd. It must be quite an experience to trace your roots. I would love to try the DNA test too. I wonder what origins do I have. ;p

    • Jessica French

      I am really glad you enjoyed my article Michelle and yes I am usually skeptical about getting guides for the same reason, though they all have their little commission posts which you just have to firmly say no to, they are definitely worth their knowledge here I’d say!

  4. Wanderlust Marriage

    Sounds like quite the experience to visit! India is on our list of places to see, and seeing this amazing structure is a must do. Great post on how to get there and what to expect!

  5. I knew that I wanted to go to the Taj Mahal but the logistics and trip detail were a little elusive. I love how simple you made – Golden Triangle of Delhi, Taj Mahal and Jaipur. Fly to Delhi and take a train from there. Wala, it’s solved. Put in the gem about summer being off season and you’re golden. Thank you.

  6. I’m glad you were skeptical at first, but did end up converting! I would totally be skeptical of a place like the Taj Mahal as well.. It’s just TOO well-known, ya know? Good to know it’s still worth a visit despite that though. thanks!

  7. Adrianna Vogel

    Taj Mahal is definitely a dream for every traveller! Ive always wanted to go there but funny enough I never wonder where in India it is located. Thanks for sharing those useful information. I cant wait to go there.

  8. Maria Aardal

    Amazing post, I love how detailed you were. I especially liked that you said you were sceptical yourself before you traveled there 🙂

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